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2019, Here We Come

Happy New Year
Artwork Credit: Charles M. Schulz

It’s been years since I started this blog. My goal was to write 365 posts representing the number of days in a year and then compile them in a book for my reading pleasure in old age. I’ve already exceeded that number many times over. But look at me, I’m still here plugging along with no end in sight.

Albert Einstein once said, “Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute.”

It’s funny how time flies when I’m having fun especially when I get kudos for what I’d written. Along the way, I confess I’ve made some boo-boos, too, in my posts and comments left on other blogs that got lost in translation and caused people to get offended. It makes me sad when these stuff happen. Please accept my apologies. It would never be my intention to hurt anyone.

Blogs do come and go. The Internet is littered with orphaned and dead blogs who once shone brightly in the online universe. Truth to tell, I miss some of them dearly. At the same time, I realize that in life nothing lasts forever.

I said it before and I’d say it again, a blogger is only as good as his last post. If he wants to stay relevant, he can’t take a break. He must continue writing because readers have short memories. He must keep feeding them stuff. Once the feeding frenzy stops, they turn their attention somewhere else. In other words, it’s about staying power. Nobody wants to make love to a corpse.

As for this blog, it has a shelf life of its own. I understand the doomsday clock started clicking the moment it was born. The end will come as surely as night follows day. I just don’t know when the expiration date is going to be. But when it does come, I’ll dispose of it quickly leaving no mess behind.

But for now let’s enjoy the start of a new year and the time that we still have. Let’s enjoy every moment while it lasts. Some think that to have a successful blog, you must attract a lot of readers. But it’s not always true. In my case, I have enough to fill my cup. I have you, you, and most especially you. I’m happy with that and I mean it from the bottom of my heart.

January 1, 2019 at 12:01 am 2 comments

Blogging Is Like Losing Weight

Art Credit: Charlie Brown by Charles Schulz
The average lifespan of personal blogs is very short. At least, I can speak of those I’d followed through the years. After a good head start, they slowly run out of steam. You’ll notice it when the intervals between their posts become stretched out until they finally stop altogether. Some choose to exit cleanly by deleting their accounts. Some choose to die unceremoniously leaving their carcasses on the internet behind.

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January 25, 2016 at 2:25 pm 16 comments

Taking a Break

I’m taking a break from blogging effective today as I have these things I needed to do before I go on vacation.

I know to some of you I appear as a nuisance. I’d been there and done that and had proven to be a jerk at times. But I think I’d learned my lessons since I wrote this piece sometime ago.

I do cherish the friendships that I’d made through blogging and regret the ones that I’d lost because of what I’d done or didn’t do. Oh, if only I can bring back the past, but that’s wishful thinking.

If everything turns out well (and they should because I’m an optimist), I’ll be back in September. In the meantime, peace and love to all of you.

July 5, 2015 at 10:14 am 7 comments

Another <blush> Award

Aysabaw has nominated me for the Sunshine Award. I do appreciate the thought and humbly accept it.

Unfortunately, I can’t send it forward. Sorry, I just can’t bear the thought of putting someone on the spot and add to his or her stress level when everybody should have fun at this time of the year.

I suggest that you visit her blog here. You won’t regret it. Do it now.

Her questions:

If you could turn back the hands of time, when and where would you want to go back to and what would you like to do or change?

I’d go back to the 19th century during the time of the Brontes. I’d been to the village of Haworth in Northern England where they spent most of their lives, visited the parsonage where they stayed, went to the church where they worshipped and most of them buried, and hiked the moors that they loved so well. I’d read a lot about them, too. But I’d like to meet them in person, most especially, Emily, whom I have a crush. I want to introduce her to the internet. Being a recluse, I know she’d love it.

What is the your favorite song at the moment?

Well, Tift Merritt’s Another Country keeps playing in my head. Its lyrics speak to me.

What is your favorite book?

It’s hard to pick and choose, but one thing that comes to mind at the moment is, The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein. It’s about the close relationship between a race car driver, Denny, and his pet dog, Enzo, as told from the perspective of the latter as it neared the end of its life. A movie version is expected to be released this summer. Please keep a box of tissues beside you when you read this book as it will make you cry.

If there’s one place that you dream of going to, where is that and why would you like to go there?

I’ve got itchy feet. Wherever the road leads, that’s where I’d go.

We all have frustrations in life. We have dreams that never came to life. Do you have any dreams or ambitions that you really wanted to do or to be but fate never gave you a chance to pursue it? If you have what is it?

I had a dream job, but as fate would have it, I didn’t get it even though I tried hard. I guess it was for the best because a better one came along.

May 16, 2015 at 11:57 pm 8 comments

Top 10 Reasons She Went Away

Peanuts Cartoon – Charles Schulz

I don’t even know her real name. She called herself Sam, which could affectionately stand for “she’s amazingly marvelous”.

She was the ultimate blogger. Hers was one of the most popular sites with a lot of following. Yet, suddenly, unexpectedly, without hint or warning, she decided to hit the delete button and leave us in the dust.

Top 10 possible reasons she said went away:

  1. She was burned out
  2. She thought it was the best time to do it while she was still ahead
  3. She gained weight with too much blogging, requiring her go out more to shed pounds
  4. Her boyfriend made her do it
  5. She exceeded the allowed bandwidth limit, making her a victim of her own success
  6. She found a cure for her insomnia
  7. She finally succumbed to facebook
  8. The moral majority found her
  9. She got married
  10. (Supply your own)

Her style of writing was sexy but never in poor taste. Sometimes it was hard to distinguish which entries were real and which ones were pure fantasy, but they were entertaining nonetheless.

Once she told me to keep on writing because she loves to read. As a result, her spirit will continue to haunt my blog. I’m sure I’d feel her presence on them days I least expect.

In the meantime, I wish her the best of luck. Thanks, Sam, for the memories.

April 23, 2015 at 2:26 pm 13 comments

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